Courses & Units

Pharmacy Skills in Practice 1 CSA103



Please be advised that this unit is not available to students in the Bachelor of Health and Community Care or Associate Degree in Health and Community Care.


This unit involves a range of on-line and campus-based learning activities that introduce students to key concepts of health and healthcare, the pharmacy profession, roles of a pharmacist, quality use of medicines, government funding, regulatory bodies, the pharmaceutical industry and approval and supply of drugs, with an emphasis on the Australian Health Care system. There will be a particular focus on communication, as well as the use of some common non-prescription medications. Students are also offered  visits to community pharmacies and the Royal Hobart Hospital, workshops on Mental Health First Aid and Tasmanian Aboriginal health status, history and culture.


Unit name Pharmacy Skills in Practice 1
Unit code CSA103
Credit points 25
Faculty/School College of Health and Medicine
Tasmanian School of Medicine
Discipline Pharmacy
Teaching staff

Karen Watkins and other staff within the Division of Pharmacy

Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Hobart Summer school On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 24/2/2020 23/3/2020 31/5/2020 31/5/2020
Summer school 2/1/2020 13/1/2020 28/1/2020 23/2/2020

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2020 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2020 will be available from the 1st October 2019.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2020: $2,381.00 2020: $4,708.00 060501

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Teaching Pattern

The unit consists of five modules:

Module 1: Australian Health Care System - Approximately 10 hours of learning.

Module 2: Pharmacists in the Australian Health Care System - Approximately 14 hours of learning.

Module 3: Patient's perspective of Health - Approximately 25 hours of learning.

Module 4: Communication - Approximately 7 hours of learning.

Module 5: Over-the-counter (OTC) medications - Approximately 16 hours of learning.

For Semester 1 delivery, there will be a combination of online and on campus activities including lectures, tutorials, workshops and pharmacy visits over 13 weeks.

For Semester 3 delivery, weeks 1-4 will consist of online learning by means of recorded lectures, guided reading, quizzes and discussion forums. Weeks 5-7 will consist of a teaching intensive period on campus in which students will attend tutorials, workshops and pharmacy visits.


Online quizzes 10%, two assignments 40% (assignment 1: approx. 1500 words, assignment 2: approx. 2500 words), essay (2000 words) 20%, completion of an 8-page pharmacy work book 10%, two 10-minute oral examinations 20%.

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